Other Competitions and Opportunities for Writers

A growing list of writing Competitions, Festivals, Events and Opportunities.


Writing is often compared to making a long journey. You need to keep your momentum up in order to make it to the end – one foot in front of the other, right, then left, then…

Right Left Write is run in conjunction with QWC weekly newsletter, Pen & Pixel. Each month QWC announce a new genre theme in Pen & Pixel, then it’s over to you to create a short story of up to 500 words and right, left, write. Members can enter for free and non-members can enter for a $5 fee.

Winning entries are published on the QWC website, in the newsletter, and in an annual anthology edition!

So make Right Left Write part of your routine and get writing.

Submissions of short fiction (max. 500 words) close at the end of the month, midnight on 30 November
– submit your entry now.


The Glencairn Glass

Crime Short Story Competition

Have you a murderous imagination, a crime that needs capturing, a deadly deed to document?

Well, here’s your chance! Glencairn Crystal, maker of world’s favourite whisky glass – the Glencairn Glass – and sponsor of the McIlvanney and Bloody Scotland Debut crime writing prizes, is looking for crime short stories in conjunction with Bloody Scotland and Scottish Field Magazine.

For this year the chosen theme will be: “A crime story set in Scotland” Read more…

All entries should be uploaded below by midnight on Saturday 31st December 2022. Please click here to see to rules and regulations.


Globe Soup is a British collective whose mission is to encourage creativity inspired by the world around us!

Globe Soup offers regular free and paid competitions, resources, and courses. Read more…



What is NaNoWriMo?

Every story matters. Let’s start writing yours.

Writing a novel alone can be difficult, even for seasoned writers. NaNoWriMo helps you track your progress, set milestones, connect with other writers in a vast community, and participate in events that are designed to make sure you finish your novel. Oh, and best of all, it’s free! SIGN UP


Submissions open for the 2023 ASSF anthology!

As part of the 2023 Australian Short Story Festival is launching an anthology of short stories that embodies the festival’s purpose: a celebration of the creative possibilities of short fiction in Australia. Seeking submissions from both established and emerging writers to be published in the anthology and launched at the festival in Adelaide, South Australia in November 2023.

Previously unpublished stories that write to the theme of ‘strange.’ The stories in your repertoire that are hard to sum up, or that can’t be easily labelled by genre or tropes. Maybe the strangeness is in the content or the characters, or maybe it’s in the way you tell it. Broad interpretations of the theme are not only welcome but encouraged. Above all, they want stories that are fresh, contemporary, and highly unique.

All selected contributors will be paid for their work. Deadline: 5pm, December 16th, 2022

For more details and to submit, enter here.


40 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes. Read more…


AUSTRALIAN WRITERS’ RESOURCE – A comprehensive list of Competitions.


AJC Publishing – Manuscript Editing Services have a great list of Australia and overseas writing competitions. Read more… (This post is not an advertisement nor an endorsement of AJC Publishing.)


The Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund recognises the unique value of travel in the development of writing and literary careers. Read more…

2022 prize now open Closing: 28 November

Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, and named after the late Neilma Gantner, this prize seeks excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’; imaginative, creative and literary interpretations are strongly encouraged. This competition is open to all writers, nationally and internationally, at any stage of their writing career.

The winning story will receive a $5000 first prize and be published in Overland’s autumn 2023 issue. Two runners-up will each receive $750 and be published at Overland online in 2023.

Competition closes 11.59 pm, 28 November 2022. Please read the entry guidelines tconfirm eligibility.


Applications close:

Tuesday 6 December 2022 at 3pm AEDT, for travel after 16 February 2023
Tuesday 4 April 2023 at 3pm AEST, for travel after 1 June 2023


Write for KYD – Kill Your Darlings.

Kill Your Darlings pays all contributors. Our minimum standard pay rate is $400 for an article of 1000-1500 words, and $100 for a book review of between 400-500 words. Read more…


The Penguin Literary Prize was established to find, nurture and develop new Australian authors of literary fiction – in keeping with Penguin Random House’s proud tradition of publishing this country’s greatest writers.

Submissions will be accepted until 11.59pm AEDT Monday 12th December, 2022. Read more…


The Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2023

Entries close February 14, 2023

The prize is for short stories up to 3,000 words having an island, or island-resonant, theme.

The winning entry receives a cash prize of $500.

A selection of the best entries will be published in the Forty South Short Story Anthology 2023. Read more…


When entering competitions or submitting to a publication, remember to always read the fineprint. Sticking to the rules is always a factor considered by the judges and editors.

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